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Woodbridge in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hampton Cutter Mansion

 
 
Hampton Cutter Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
1. Hampton Cutter Mansion Marker
Inscription.  
One of the most distinctive buildings in Woodbridge is the Italianate-style mansion at the top of Strawberry Hill on Amboy Avenue – the home of 19th-century clay magnate Hampton Cutter (1819-82). Located on the site of many significant Revolutionary War skirmishes that took place on Strawberry Hill, the mansion was built in 1873 amid farmland filled with kaolin, the soft white clay that is an essential ingredient in the manufacture of china and porcelain and provided Hampton Cutter with his fortune. Also known as the Cutter-Prall mansion, this was the residence of Cutter’s daughter, Emily, and her husband, James Palmer Prall, after their marriage in 1883. The structure has remained nearly unchanged since its completion in 1873.

In 1926, the home was sold to the Little Servant Sisters, a Polish religious order established in the United States in the 1920s. From 1931-48, the Sisters opened the home as an orphanage for Polish-speaking children. At its height, it housed up to fifty children and presently serves as the convent of the Little Servant Sisters, who administer the adjacent St. Joseph’s Senior Home.

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Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission
Mayor John E. McCormac Woodbridge Township 2013
 
Erected 2013 by Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureChurches & ReligionIndustry & CommerceWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1873.
 
Location. 40° 33.311′ N, 74° 17.144′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of S Park Drive and Elmwood Avenue, on the left when traveling east on S Park Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge NJ 07095, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Clay-and-Brick Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Green Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Salamander Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Kirk Green (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodbridge Golden Bears (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Revolutionary War Battles in Woodbridge (about 600 feet away); Isaac Inslee Estates (about 600 feet away); St. John's Episcopal Church (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
Hampton Cutter Mansion Marker site image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
2. Hampton Cutter Mansion Marker site
The marker is on the far side of Elmwood Avenue.
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3. Inset
Hampton Cutter Mansion, circa 1913
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4. Inset
Hampton Cutter Mansion today
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 554 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 27, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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